696 Tasting Notes

This one came my way from KittyLovesTea – thanks!

What an interesting black tea. It’s so creamy! I love creaminess in teas. The flavour is creamy and thick, yet also light. There’s a very subtle nutty flavour in the background as well. Somewhat reminiscent of a green tea minus any vegetal flavour. I’m so happy I got a chance to try this one.

I started off the day so productively with studying, and I’ve really lost some speed on that front. However, on the upside, I’ve gotten rid of a bunch of stuff on Kijiji hah. Yay for ridding my life of clutter.

Flavors: Cream

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

woot! goodbye clutter!

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This one was sent to me by VariaTEA :)

I bypassed this one in favour of Campfire Blend in my Verdant order, and now I’m wishing I hadn’t haha! This one is much better. The black tea is so lovely with nice spiciness to it. It’s almost cake-like. I must have more.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

i like them both a LOT…my only complaint about this one is that it needs a bit more tea in the bag

VariaTEA

This was not for me so I am glad it went somewhere where it was appreciated.

Courtney

Yes I agree about the tea Sil, but I much prefer this to Campfire Blend. Thanks VariaTEA!

VariaTEA

Your welcome :). I am glad our recent swaps have been quite successful.

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This was my morning tea choice, and it is delightful. Delightfully malty. I think it’s safe to say Assams are my favourite black teas. This is also my first tea from RiverTea, yay.

I drove J to work at 6am this morning, then I immediately got in the shower so I wouldn’t go back to sleep. It’s only 8am and I’ve already made decent headway into my weekend of studying.

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Thanks for sharing MirandaGou!

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
Sil

i should pull this one out this weekend. It’s the last of the 3 i picked up that i haven’t tried yet.

Courtney

It’s a good choice :) I’m putting it on my order list.

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drank Grand Amour by Nina's Paris
696 tasting notes

My Nina’s order arrived today!

This tea is really well done. In teas with vanilla and other flavours, I feel the vanilla mostly comes through in the softening of the other flavours. This tea is no exception. The raspberry and red currant work well with the base tea, but there’s no mistaking them. I’m not so sure I’m getting caramel, but there is a sweetness in the sip that could be it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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Yum raspberry! I love a good raspberry tea. This is reminding me of the raspberry in 52Teas Raspberry Cream. The white base works great here, and the raspberry comes through clearly, with a hint of creaminess to round it out. Really a great tea. I would consider reordering this one.

Thanks for sharing VariaTEA!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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This one came in our Della Terra order. We only ordered Lemon Chiffon, which is J’s tea, so technically it doesn’t count toward my tea ordering.

This is actually a pretty decent tea. There are very few Della Terra teas that have amazed me, and while this one doesn’t amaze me, it’s still tasty. I’m not getting any spice at all, but the apple is there and a sweetness, which I’ll say is the toffee. Overall a decent cup, I’ll have no problem finishing off our sample.

Also, my proposal was accepted! I will be presenting to the biology department at the end of the term, so it’s high time to work on my social anxiety.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
VariaTEA

YAY!! Congrats on your proposal getting accepted.

TeaBrat

congrads! you can work on the social anxiety. I think I have it too.

Jennkay

Congrats! That’s pretty exciting :)

keychange

Congrats! onwards and upwards!

caile

That’s great! Congrats!!

Cavocorax

Woo! Congrats!

OMGsrsly

Yay! You can do it. :)

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drank L'Automne by Fauchon
696 tasting notes

Hello there orange chocolate. Or chocolate orange. The rooibos isn’t overly strong here, and I really dislike fruits and chocolate together (why would someone ruin a perfectly good piece of fruit?!), but amazingly, this tea I may actually be enjoying. What is happening?

I must be because the rooibos is well hidden. We’ll go with that.

Thanks for sharing VariaTEA!

Flavors: Chocolate, Orange Zest

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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This was another sent in my swap with KittyLovesTea.

This one had quite a low steeping temperature as per the parameters KittyLovesTea sent. I actually steeped it at 158 F/70 C, which wasn’t on the temperature bar.

The scent is strongly strawberry, but the taste is slightly more diminished, which is better. There is a definite creaminess here, I can only assume from the yogurt. The creaminess is delightful. I’ve never had sea buckthorn, but I’m enjoying the tea so let’s say that part is awesome too. The green base works great here and the base and flavours seem to compliment each other well here, nothing is too overwhelming or underwhelming.

I have another to try from this company from the swap as well. Also with sea buckthorn. I hope it turns out just as well.

Thanks KittyLovesTea!

Update: Their website has some interesting sounding teas. I’ve sent off an email to see if they offer shipping to Canada. I would discover this company just after my friend leaves Sweden.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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drank Figue Fraîche by Dammann Freres
696 tasting notes

Thanks for sharing VariaTEA and Dexter3657!

This smells like figs, wow. But that scent for some reason reminds me of baby food. Maybe slightly flowery figs, but only slightly.

This really does taste like figs. I’m not sure I’m fond enough of them to enjoy this tea, but I do so love when a tea is bang on it’s name.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
VariaTEA

Another from Dexter3657 and I felt the same way (minus the baby food smell)

Dexter

It makes me happy that this tea is getting passed along. I understand that neither of you liked it, but the more people that get to try it the better. Now you don’t have to wonder about it, or waste money on it.

Courtney

Thanks Dexter! It’s true. It’s not that it was bad, in fact it was a well-done tea, just the flavour wasn’t for me.

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Another from my swap with KittyLovesTea :)

I’m not so huge on chai, but I recently received another pumpkin chai from MirandaGou that I found quite enjoyable due to the much more subtle chai-ness of it. This one is similar. The chai aspect is still there but it’s so subtle I’m actually really enjoying it. The pumpkin is light in this tea, but still apparent, and there is also a sweetness at the end of the sip. The same sweetness is much more apparent in the scent than the taste. I would actually consider ordering this one for my own cupboard, though I have a feeling it was seasonal, as most pumpkin options are.

Thanks for sending such a generous amount of this delicious tea KittyLovesTea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), science, travel, and all things summer.

That’s my mug! I may have a slight love of Star Trek.

I love black teas. I pretty well always drink my tea straight. I’m also fond of herbals, but they rarely make my permanent collection. I prefer my tea hot, but occasionally I’ll cold brew.

Oolongs I enjoy, but I’m not generally in the mood for them. I only truly enjoy subtly fruity flavoured greens. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino).

Pu’erhs I’m working on at a snail’s pace, but so far I’m not loving them. Rooibos/honeybush have to be well hidden for me to enjoy them. Mates and are not for me at all.

Likes:
Coconut, creaminess, yogurt, toffee, cacao (true dark chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.

Location

Canada

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